Djemaa El Fna جامع الفناء
Real heart of Marrakech, the most famous place of the Maghreb is also the social center of the médina. Most animated square of the city, it has been a meeting and exchanges place since centuries. The whole city seems to meet there at anytime of the day. Located at the beginning of the souk, you can admire fire-eaters, monkeys trainers and snake charmers. Public square or outdoor theater ? In summertime, the square is plenty of people until late at night. The show is very attractive. You will appreciate best of the world pressed orange juices, to refresh during the day. For only 4 dirhams, it would be a pity to deprive yopurself! In the evening, square is submurged by tens of fleeting restorants. The less timorous will dare to plunge into the fray and to sit down around the tables to taste new savors.
The Koutoubia الكتبية
The most famous visible monument of the city, the “Koutoubia” is in Marrakech what the Eiffel Tower is in Paris. Abdelmoumen, the first sovereign of the Almohade dynasty built this mosque in the XIIe century. Its grandson Yacoub El Mansour completed his work with a great minaret, true architectural masterpiece of hispano-Moorishes influences. Each one of its faces is different from the other! The captivating ornamentation and the balance of it volumes make this tower very prestigious. Real point of reference in the city, the “Koutoubia” remains the highest minaret of Marrakech with its 69 meters. At the top, the 3 superimposed balls whose diameter is decreasing symbolize Earth, Water and Fire. In the past, the mosque was one of the most important in Morocco. Real arts center, you found main manuscripts of the time there. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to visit the minaret and to go up at the top. You will be able only to admire it from outside.
Garden of Majorelle
Probably the most beautiful garden of the city! It will charm nature and birds lovers! The origin of this botanical garden returns to Jacques Majorelle, a famous French painter of the beginning of the 20th century. While discovering Marrakech, he fell under the charm of Morocco, its bright colors, Berber architecture, civilization as well as its lifestyle. He then chose to live in the “red city” and arranged his botanical garden where he setted exotic plants, pools and ceramic decorations. The garden adopted the color “Majorelle blue”, created by the artist to express the depth and the intensity of the ocean. The botanical garden was considered by its creator as his principal work, to which it devoted all his life. It opened its doors to the public in 1947. Nowadays, the Majorelle gardens are the Pierre Bergé and Yves St Laurent property who purchased this piece of paradise to protect it and ensure its perenniality. This oriental garden must be seen without hesitation to disconnect with Marrakech tumults and to enjoy birds song and wringgling fountain water…